Caprese Salad

Three basil plants sit on a grocery store shelf, a tin watering can above them
Why not plant your own basil plant in your garden? | Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Pronounced “cap-PRAY-say,” this beautiful salad sports the colors of the Italian flag (green, white, and red). The cheese gives you protein; the tomatoes add some anti-oxidants; and the basil cleans your palate with each bite.

Reference: Rachel Ray on 30 Minute Meals
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0
Serves: 4-6


3 tomatoes, 1/4-inch slices
1 pound fresh mozzarella, 1/4-inch slices
20 to 30 leaves (about 1 bunch) fresh basil
Olive oil for drizzling
Salt and pepper to taste


1. On a large platter, layer alternating slices of tomatoes and mozzarella, adding a basil leaf between each.
2. Drizzle the salad with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Good to know:

This recipe also does well with a drizzle of Balsamic vinegar. Also, size doesn’t matter in this recipe; consistency does, so the slices of tomato and mozzarella can be any width as long as they are roughly uniform.

If you’re interested in more easy and healthy Italian food recipes, check out the recipes on the website of the organization called Building Healthy, Inclusive Communities through the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD).


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